December 27, 1998 |
Tom Modrak didn't hesitate. "No," the Eagles' director of football operations said, "I haven't regretted taking the job. " Right. Now, with this dreadful Philadelphia football season finally ending today, what matters is whether Modrak can live up to his billing as a savvy personnel guy who finds fine football players other teams overlook. "That's what I want, that's what the fans want, and that's what the team wants," he said. "But the reality is you don't throw a net out there and get seven superstars all the time.
August 13, 1998 |
In the name of truth in advertising, they should go ahead and call it the Modrak Bowl. The Eagles have plenty of reasons to be serious about tomorrow night's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After their dismal performance in last week's 29-15 loss to the New York Jets, the Eagles need to bounce back, as much for their own self-confidence as anything. But when you cut through the talk about odd fronts and zone blitzes, one suspects that Tom Modrak is the real reason for what quarterback Bobby Hoying called "a big sense of urgency.
December 22, 1998 |
The process is already under way. Tom Modrak, the Eagles' director of football operations, flew directly from Dallas to Alabama for a firsthand look at players in Friday's Blue-Gray college all-star game. It is the first in a series of events leading to April 17, when the Eagles could have their highest draft choice in 30 years. If the Eagles lose to the New York Giants on Sunday, finishing 3-13, they will have the second pick in the 1999 draft. They have the edge on the other potential 3-13 teams because their schedule was the weakest.
June 4, 1998 |
The NFL is "a small world," as John Goeller put it. "There are 30 teams and only so many scouts. You get to know pretty much everybody sooner or later. " Goeller, hired last week as the Eagles' director of college scouting, got to know Tom Modrak in Goeller's 17 years as an NFL scout. The day Modrak took the job as the Eagles' director of football operations, he called Goeller. "I've known John for a long time, and I had it in my mind that if anything were to happen, I would make that move," Modrak said yesterday.
May 16, 1998 |
The Eagles named Tom Modrak director of football operations yesterday with high hopes that the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers executive would be the round peg the team has long sought to fill its top football position. Owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that the hiring of Modrak did not represent a change in the team's front-office structure. The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers scout and executive will hold the same title square peg Dick Daniels held for two seasons. It will be up to Modrak, 55, to succeed where Daniels failed - in building relationships with head coach Ray Rhodes and his assistants and in drafting and signing good football players.
May 1, 2001 |
The departure of the Chicago Bears' vice president of personnel yesterday was the first in a line of falling dominoes that could lead to a major shake-up in the Eagles' front office. Tom Modrak, the Eagles director of football operations, will be a candidate to replace the Bears' Mark Hatley. Modrak could also leave for Washington, Pittsburgh or Arizona. Regardless of the destination, though, according to several people familiar with the situation, Modrak is almost certain to leave.
July 27, 2000 |
While the immediate problem of the No. 1 draft pick holdout is sexier, the more important Eagles' issue - procuring a new stadium - continues to loom. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie yesterday restated his disappointment over the logjam as the city wrestles with where to build the baseball stadium. According to the lease agreement, the Phillies and Eagles must receive identical treatment from the city. Neither team can receive city funds before the other. The Birds were ready to go with the project last year.
June 23, 1998 |
Bryan Broaddus, the personnel man who garnered rave reviews for organizing the Eagles' draft this year, was hired late last week by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Broaddus, 35, will be the Jaguars' assistant director of pro personnel. His departure completes the Eagles' cycle of change that began with the firing of director of football operations Dick Daniels earlier this year. In Daniels' absence, Broaddus and pro personnel man Mike Lombardi shepherded the Eagles through free agency and the draft.
March 3, 2000 |
First things first. While the Eagles might have jumped back into the free-agency pool by re-signing backup center Bubba Miller and scheduling a weekend visit with Miami Dolphins fullback Stanley Pritchett, the club's personnel evaluators have something else on their minds: The draft. Eagles football operations director Tom Modrak was in Florida yesterday checking out talent, and that state, as usual, is full of it this year. The Sunshine State was the collegiate home to: receivers Peter Warrick, Ron Dugans and Laveranues Coles, defensive tackles Corey Simon and Jerry Johnson and kicker Sebastian Janikowski, all from Florida State; tight end Bubba Franks, from Miami; and Florida receiver Travis Taylor, to name a few. That's not even mentioning other players who call Florida their offseason home and train there.
February 22, 2000 |
Maybe Koy Detmer will have a little competition for that third quarterback spot, after all. Last week, the Eagles signed former Notre Dame starter and Berwick (Pa.) High star Ron Powlus and promptly sent him to Amsterdam, of NFL Europe. Powlus, undrafted out of college, spent the 1998 preseason with the Tennessee Titans and the last two weeks of that season on the St. Louis Rams' practice squad. He was in the Detroit Lions' training camp last year, but was cut. Detmer probably has little to worry about.